The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

新疆伊犁居民外出须填写请假审批表 (Residents of Ili prefecture required to seek "vacation approval" for leaving their village)
Radio Free Asia, December 26, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China Sentences Ex-Chairman of Hengfeng Bank to Death
Bloomberg, December 26, 2019

Wife of Jailed Chinese Rights Attorney Sees No Improvement in His Mental State
Radio Free Asia, December 26, 2019

新书揭露中国滥发“红通”迫害异议 (New book by activist reveals how China abuses Interpol Red Notice to persecute dissidents)
Radio Free Asia, December 24, 2019

上海维权人士宫敏赓因发表支持香港民主运动言论 遭行政拘留5日 (Activist in Shanghai detained for five days over speech supporting Hong Kong movement)
WeiQuanWang, December 23, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Charter changes and book burning underline party control of education
China Digital Times, December 26, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

‘Grand Theft Auto’ is new battleground for protests in HK
Taipei Times, December 26, 2019

Huang Xueqin: “To resist tyranny, start small”
China Digital Times, December 23, 2019

Turkish protesters march in support of Uighurs after Ozil comments
Reuters, December 20, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Beijing envoy warns EU against ‘disastrous’ curbs on China companies
Financial Times, December 26, 2019

“宗教中国化”:编订社会主义《古兰经》? (A new Quran?: China to reinterpret religious ideologies in further push for "sinification of religion")
Deutsche Welle, December 26, 2019

Japanese Lawmaker Is Arrested in Casino Bribery Investigation
The New York Times, December 25, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

State Support Helped Fuel Huawei’s Global Rise
The Wall Street Journal, December 25, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Union groupings square off for numbers match
The Standard, December 27, 2019

早報:港府指責《華盛頓郵報》報導偏頗,稱港警使用武力符合國際標準 (Hong Kong government accuses Washington Post of biased and "groundless" reporting, insists police use of force is in line with international standards)
The Initium, December 27, 2019

大檢控是「依法治港」抑或司法災難?——專訪大律師吳靄儀 (Interview with Margaret Ng: Are mass prosecutions "governing Hong Kong by law" or a judicial disaster?)
The Initium, December 27, 2019

Third day of Christmas clashes in Hong Kong as riot police and protesters roam shopping malls
Agence France-Presse, December 27, 2019

Hong Kong Protesters Aren't Taking Christmas Off
Vice, December 26, 2019

Hong Kong Police Harass Protesters, Shoppers, Residents With Searches, Checks
Radio Free Asia, December 26, 2019

【睇片 ‧ 曲線證常濫捕?】大埔蒙面便衣警被當示威者 防暴警一度箍頸、推牆制服「自己友」(Video: riot police attack undercover police by mistake)
Stand News, December 26, 2019

【睇片】被警刻意公開身份證資料 《立場》記者晚上再遭指揮官指罵「認得你、搞事、黑記、依間報館有問題」("Problematic tabloid": Stand News reporter targeted by police commander again after officer reveals journalist's HKID to livestream)
Stand News, December 27, 2019

Privacy chief says grounds for complaint after cop shows reporters’ Hong Kong ID card to cameras
Hong Kong Free Press, December 27, 2019

反對政治迫害印傭 Yuli 500名巿民團結抗爭 (500 Hong Kongers rally in support of deported Indonesian domestic worker), December 25, 2019

“不敢再回去”:香港书商在台湾的流亡人生 ("I don't dare return": A life in exile for Hong Kong bookseller in Taiwan)
The New York Times, December 24, 2019

「Be water」成金融時報年度字詞:港示威者策略影響各地示威 ("Be water" crowned word of the year for influence on global protests)
Ming Pao, December 23, 2019

Year in a word: Be water
Financial Times, December 21, 2019

Commentary (评论)

China cannot just rely on its economic might to silence the growing army of critics
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2019

所以,台灣真的需要《反滲透法》嗎?(Does Taiwan need an anti-infiltration law?)
The News Lens, December 27, 2019

《妖風:全球民主危機與反擊之道》:中國「銳實力」,媒體、大學、政商與慈善無聲入侵 (Ill Winds: China's sharp power is infiltrating media, universities, charities and polit-business spheres)
The News Lens, December 27, 2019

Star Wars: How Taiwan’s Celebrities Became Pawns in the Cross-Strait Struggle
The Diplomat, December 26, 2019

China's New Civil Religion
The New York Times, December 23, 2019